Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Storm at Sea

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18615
Turner Bequest CCXII 13

Catalogue entry

This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here, by contrast, is a vigorous improvisation of a stormy sky and a surging sea, with areas of the paper left blank across the middle to suggest surf or sunlight breaking through; compare the similar treatment on folio 12 recto (D18614). Robert Upstone has noted how ‘Turner’s brisk dry brush makes dragged effects of breaking waves and rolling clouds and perfectly captures a storm’s fury.’1
1
Upstone 1993, p.146.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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